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years as commander in chief, u.s. military and cia drone strikes have accelerated at an unprecedented pace. more than 400 cia strikes against targets in pakistan and yemen. eight times as many as under president bush. >> they have been very precise, precision strikes against al qaeda and their affiliates. >> these strikes are legal. they are ethical. and they are wise. >> reporter: but today, new questions about drone strikes targeting american citizens, including anwar al awlaki. born in new mexico and killed in yemen in 2011. he allegedly directed the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up an airliner over detroit in 2009. but awlaki was never charged with a crime. nbc news has obtained this confidential 16-page justice department memo that concludes lethal strikes against u.s. citizens who are operational leaders of al qaeda are a lawful act of national self-defense. >> we only take these kinds of actions when there's an imminent threat, when capture is not feasible, and when we are confident that we're doing so in a way that's consistent with federal and international la
back to southern washington, john brennan, president obama's choice to lead the cia in the second term, was grilled by both democrats and republicans at a confirmation hearing today, one that got off to a raucous start, with protesters and questions about the agency's controversial drone program and interrogation program. nbc's andrea mitchell covering in our washington newsroom. andrea, it's not every day you hear the order to have the hearing room cleared. >> reporter: not indeed. in fact, the senate historians said they can't recall this happening going back to the '60s and '70s. today a chastened john brennan programs promised to be open with congress if he is confirmed to lead the cia. even as the white house still limited access to key documents in a hearing that did not get off to a smooth smart. >> members of the committee, i'm honored to appear before you today. [ heckling ] [ banging gavel ] >> please remove this woman. we will recess. >> reporter: when john brennan did get to testify, he said he opposed the harsh interrogations during the bush administration when he was at t
president obama wants to head the cia. john brennan was pressed hard on the use of drones and enhanced interrogation techniques by members of the senate intelligence committee. government memos leaked earlier this week showed drones had been cleared for use against u.s. citizens suspected of working as terrorists. nbc's tracie potts is live with details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. brennaned defended and strongly defended the use of drones but distanced himself from how the bush administration questioned terror suspects. >> truth, the full truth and nothing but the truth. >> reporter: it looks like john brennan is gaining the support of several lawmakers, after defending drone attacks on terror suspects and even americans. at least three killed so far. >> any american who did that should know well that they in fact are part of an enemy against us and that the united states will do everything possible to destroy that enemy to save american lives. >> reporter: drones are used against imminent threats, he said, not as payback. but some are still concerned if it's le
counterterrorism adviser john brennan faces his confirmation hearing to be the new cia director. brennan has been the architect of the drone policy and one of its biggest defenders. >> it's a surgical precision, the ability to eliminate the cancerous tumor called an al qaeda terrorist. >> brennan will be facing other questions during today's hearing including what he need about enhanced interrogation techniques when he served as top ranking cia official during the bush administration. another issue likely to come up his acknowledgement that he's been questioned by federal prosecutors investigating national security leaks under president obama. brennan told the senate intelligence committee he's been told by his lawyer he's only a witness in those probes. >> michael isikoff, thank you. ron widen is a member of the intelligence committee and has pressed the white house for more information on its drone policy. senator, thank you for being with us. first yes, are you satisfied after saying the president was practicing secret law and stone calling, are you satisfied these memos are being released to
the cia. >>> a powerful earthquake that hit the south pacific. it struck near the solomon islands and generated a tsunami wave over three feet high and reports are saying that at least five people were killed. people were evacuated in fiji. warnings that have been issued have been canceled. some homes were seriously damaged by the waves there. >>> as a young victim of the alabama standoff celebrates his 6th birthday today. this as investigators continue to comb the underground fortress and property of his captor. >> reporter: the fbi released these photos of the suspect's property, along with more detailed information about the rescue of 5-year-old ethan. nbc news has learned as a result of ongoing negotiations, the kidnapper, jimmy lee dykes. was expecting a delivery of additional comfort items. four members of the hostage team approached the bunker and opened the hatch dropping in a flash bang device to distract dykes. he was disoriented but managed to fire one shot. the hostage team shot and killed dykes and then rescued ethan. they found explosive devices, one inside the bunke
playing you as cia director. i waon't ask you to comment on the acting, but the movie seems to indicate that enhanced interrogation techniques were used to get information on bin laden. is that true? >> well, first of all, it's a movie. let's remember that. i lived the real story. and the real story is that in order to put the puzzle of intelligence together, that led us to bin laden, there was a lot of intelligence. there were a lot of pieces out there that were part of that puzzle. yes, some of it came from some of the tactics that were used at that time, interrogation tactics that were used. but the fact is, we put together most of that intelligence without having to resort to that. >> and you think you could have gotten it without any -- >> i think we could have gotten bin laden without that. >> it's a big weekend. there's a big contest a lot of people are talking about. >> go 49ers. >> it's the contest that has to do with clinton or biden. 2016. >> oh. >> you've been close to both of them. secretary panetta, i've got to ask you, who's ready to be commander in chief tomorrow? >> i t
a hearing on the subject of drones and torture, and the president's pick to lead the cia. >>> and the giant comeback under way in one of the most majestic places on earth. restoring the redwood forest to its old glory. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. to our viewers out west tonight, we begin our broadcast out west this evening after a very dramatic and disconcerting day in southern california. after three murders, two more people wounded and the word from police today that one of their own, an ex police officer, a military veteran, is targeting police officers. as a result, law
.s. facilities in benghazi. panetta was the director of the cia at the time osama bin laden was killed. no word on what he plans to do or if he will move back to his home on the central coast. an armed forces farewell ceremony will be held later today. >>> san jose international airport could soon become home to a brand new private airport for google executives. the $82 million project would include an executive terminal, hangars and ramp space to accommodate google's largest business jets. the proposed airport would bring in nearly $3 million a year in rent and would create hundreds of permanent jobs and up to 200 construction jobs. the san jose city council is expected to vote on this proposal coming up in april. >>> texas governor rick perry stepping up his campaign to try to steal business away from california. perry planning to visit silicon valley, san francisco and los angeles during a four-day trip that starts this sunday. he's planning to tell people that texas is a better place for business because there's no income tax and more lenient labor and environmental laws. california governo
of that report. critics also spoke out today saying drone strikes kill innocent civilians. secret of the cia reveal the most complete report yet of covert operations when it comes to detaining terror suspects. today's report said 54 countries including afghanistan, syria and pakistan have helped the u.s. since the 9/11 attack. some of the countries provided intelligence or aided in the capture transport or detention of terror suspects. president obama will make his first trip to israel since becoming president. he will visit benjamin netanyahu to discuss a variety of topics including security issues surrounding iran and syria. during his trip president obama will visit the west bank and jordan. a historic visit between two other leaders today. iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad is in cairo meeting with egyptian president morsi. he is the first iranian leader to visit egypt since 1979. for the last three decades iran and egypt have been at bitter odds over all kinds of issues but today agreed to have future talks. one demonstrator not happy with about ahmadinejad's visit. he tried to smack
called in for the confirmation hearing of cia director john brennan. >> pakistan, somalia, and who else? >> all right. i'm going to asking that this room be cleared. >> intelligence committee chair woman dianne feinstein had police remove the protesters after several rowdy disruptions. they're upset about the use of enhanced interrogation methods which they say is torture. they say the use of drone strikes on suspected terrorists is wrong. >> i think there's a misimpression on the part of some american people who believe we take strikes to punish terrorists for past france depressions. nothing could be farther from the truth. we only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when he there's no other alternative. >> 50 remote controlled drone strikes were carried out under president george bush. so far there have been 360 attacks under president obama. >> new details op a cable car accident in san francisco that sent seven people to the hospital this week. we know a bolt on the tracks brought that cable car to a grinding halt yesterday, but where did that mysterious bolt come from
in washington, thanks. >>> tough questions for cia director nominee john brennan. nbc's capital hill correspondent kelly o'donnell has more. good morning, kelly. >> good morning, natalie. some of the country's deepest secrets were at the heart of two intense hearings where top officials were grilled about intelligence, the benghazi attacks and drone strikes and that attracted protesters. # >> pakistan, somalia. and who else? >> reporter: anger over targeted killings. >> please remove -- >> reporter: and senators who say the cia and white house won't give them answers. >> the committee is just stonewalled. >> reporter: john brennan promised more transparency if confirmed as the next cia director. but struggled to explain if he was involved in waterboarding yet -- >> i did not stop the use of those techniques. >> reporter: brennan once said those had saved lives. >> waterboarding is something that never should have been employed. >> reporter: it turning to benghazi, senators press ed outgoing leon panetta and dempsey about whether military help was too far away to rescue the slain amer
cut out for you. >> claire danes is now famous for her portrayal of an unhinged cia operative in the hit series "homeland." what '90s tv show did she get her start on? >> a. >> that is correct. what the heck? we didn't need those other answers. oh, somebody might know this one. on "90210." >> i'm a big fan. >> so am i. where tiffani played the lovely yet conniving valerie in the later seasons, what was the name of the gang's popular after-school hangout? willie wants the answer. >> the peach pit. >> changing the rules. >> forget about it. >> we can do whatever you want? >> you can do whatever you want. natalie, for you, whatever you want. >> oh, thank you. >> which melodrama used the following tagline, lying, cheating, stealing, sechlt duction, backstabbing betrayal? >> melrose place or, as we call it, the fourth hour. >> i'm going to skip one question and dog to this. the theme song for "saved by the bell." i know, so sorry. became quite popular with kids sing i singing along as it aired. i'm going to play a portion of the song for you. when the music stops, buzz in and give
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